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Jeremy’s Response to Campaign for Liberty’s Candidate Survey

I received Campaign for Liberty’s Candidate Survey in an email from Deborah Wells, Senior Director of State Operations. I have included my responses below.

Twenty-three states have resisted the Federal Government’s persistent demand for a uniform ID card for every American. This proposed national ID would be required for activities like air travel and entrance to federal buildings. The backlash from this proposed security policy is because creation of a National ID/Biometric database could expose US Citizens to flagrant misuse of their personal data in addition to being another huge bureaucratic blockade.

1) Will you oppose efforts to cooperate with a national ID card system and vote to block all state funding for and cooperation with any national ID scheme including the Real ID and Pass ID programs?

YES__X__
NO_____
WILL SPONSOR LEGISLATION ___X____

Many municipalities have begun using camera systems to monitor intersections and speed. These systems are used in order to issue traffic fines. This has become a revenue source for government and highly profitable for the companies, many which operate remotely from foreign countries. As a result, citizens find that they are being ticketed unjustly due to software and calibration errors. Even worse, some governments have been caught shortening yellow light to red light times in order to increase tickets. This injustice is compounded because there is no human to testify against the defendant, a clear violation of the 6th Amendment to the Constitution.

2) Do you oppose the use of unmanned devices being used for law enforcement and used in order to fine citizens?

YES__X__
NO_____
WILL SPONSOR LEGISLATION _______

The right to self-defense is one of man’s most basic natural rights. The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution says no law shall be made to infringe on the “right to bear arms”. Four States currently allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons without a permit; these are called “Constitutional Carry” states. These States allow citizens to protect themselves and their families from criminals by not restricting their right to self-defense.

3) Will you oppose any attempt to repeal “Constitutional Carry” law that allows any law-abiding citizen to carry a firearm concealed without a permit?

YES____
NO_____
WILL SPONSOR LEGISLATION ___X____

Despite the protests of a majority of Americans, the federal Congress passed the unconstitutional health care bill known as ObamaCare in 2010. Over ten States have already taken measures to nullify this legislation. Several States have proposed authorizing state law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to enforce ObamaCare in their jurisdictions, some making it a felony offense.

4) Will you support legislation to nullify ObamaCare and authorize State and local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement the unconstitutional health care scheme known as ObamaCare?

YES____
NO__X___
WILL SPONSOR LEGISLATION _______

The 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizures. This year law enforcement is on pace to execute 50,000 “no knock” warrants. This method of breaking into homes has increased over 2000% since 1981. Since this increased militarization of law enforcement, 42 innocent people have been killed, and criminals have taken to shouting “police” when engaged in home invasions.

5) Will you support legislation to end the use of “no knock” warrants?

YES__X__
NO_____
WILL SPONSOR LEGISLATION ___X____

There was outrage all over the country over new TSA “pat-down” procedures last year. This year the Texas
House passed legislation that stated Transportation Security Administration agents could be charged with a
misdemeanor crime, and face a $4,000 fine and one year in jail under the measure. The proposal would classify any airport inspection that “touches the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person including through the clothing, or touches the other person in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person” as an offense of sexual harassment under official oppression.

6) Will you support legislation that would allow TSA agents to be charged with sexual assault if they use invasive “pat-down” procedures?

YES__X__
NO_____
WILL SPONSOR LEGISLATION _______

One of the central elements to implementing ObamaCare is the creation of so-called “Health Insurance
Exchanges.” Taking federal money to implement this program contractually obligates the state from being able to create its own laws and regulations over health insurance, and instead cedes decision making to the federal government.

7) Do you oppose taking Federal Money to create a state health insurance exchange?

YES____
NO___X__
WILL SPONSOR LEGISLATION _______

Additional Comments:

A national ID system seeks to solve a problem that never really existed, and opens up a multitude of privacy and civil liberty concerns. Until there is a truly compelling reason to have a national identification system, I will remain against it.

I have worked with, taught, and researched computers and technology for many years. Unmanned law enforcement cameras are a bad idea, in large part because computers are fallible (just like human police officers can be), but you cannot hold a computer–or its manufacturer or programmer–responsible for its “decisions” (as you can with police officers). Until that level of accountability is possible, automated law enforcement systems should not be allowed.

I strongly believe that single payer health insurance is a step in the right direction, and one of the appropriate uses of the government’s size and resources. I believe Vermont is on the right track as it continues building its Green Mountain Care program, which will help provide a health care system that serves everyone.

All of the above positions reflect only my personal opinions based on my own experiences and research. Inevitably, others may come to different conclusions. I have promised the citizens of Washington County that I will accurately represent them in the Vermont Senate, even when their opinions differ from mine.

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